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Jan 27, 2013 8:00am PST
senator tom harkin says he will not seek re-election next year. one of the leading liberals in congress, harkin is the third senator in the past few weeks to announce his retirement. the 73-year-old says he wants to allow younger democrats to seek the office. some political observers are surprised by the news, since harkin was planning a fundraiser next month. he also has two-point-seven million dollars in his campaign war chest. harkin's decision could make it easier for the g-o-p to gain the six seats they need to win a majority. >> a big about-face for the u-s military. late last week it announced it's dropping its long-standing rule against women in combat roles. defense secretary leon panetta announced the historic change thursday. he said women are already fighting and dying on the battlefield. major allison black, the first woman to win the u-s air force combat medal, says there are standards for combat roles.irregardless of gender. more than 200-thousand women are in the active-duty military, including 69 generals and admirals. one hundred women have been killed in combat in ira
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